Houston >Food & Dining > Sambuca
909 Texas St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.760388 -95.362805
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Wow! – The only thing about this place is the price, but the food was great. everything was cooked right, the music was jammin, the staff were quick. One other thing, the bathroom up stairs is called the water closet (W.C.) not that its bad, its just right nexted to the tables, and that could be a little weird..
Best Brunch! – My family and i went to Sambuca for Easter brunch and let me tell you it was worth every penny!!! The live music made the day that more special and the food was TO DIE for. There wasn't an empty stomach anywhere near our table. I will for sure return for Mother's Day Brunch. I have been to Sambuca many times for happy hour and dinner but who knew they could master brunch.
Genuine supper club in the heart of Houston – I have to admit that I am madly in love with the concept behind Sambuca. If it were up to me, the old fashioned supper club would prevail and dominate nightlife everywhere. We would all dress in cocktail attire and nibble on old school staples of elegance such as escargot interspersed with dancing to live big band jazz.
Unfortunately, this no long exists in the modern world. Sambuca is a remnant of those times and evidence that a few people out there still enjoy a sophisticated night out. While their cuisine is neither innovative or particularly impressive, it is consistently well-prepared. I prefer to simply order a drink and take in the atmosphere during the rare moments that I am not out on the dance floor.
Music ranges widely so check the calender to suit your taste. Bands tend to be impressive and talented, the blues rock cover bands as much as the latin jazz.
Sambuca Houston off the Charts – I love love love this place!! This is my favorite place to bring all of my friends and out of town visitor's to show them a good time. I hear this constant buzz about Sambuca all over town and now I'm going to lend my voice! If you ever want to go out and be pampered and lavished with great food and live entertainment go to SAMBUCA!! They are located in the bottom of the historic Rice Hotel and this place is absolutely beautiful on the inside. Don't take my word for it check it out for yourself. I give it ten thumbs up!!
My awful experience – It was a Valentine’s Day. I and my two girlfriends went to see a show; afterwards we decided to go to a nice restaurant. I offered Sambuca, always wanted to go to see if it’s as good as the reviews say. So, we go inside, there some other guests waiting. It looks like all the stuff just came in. It was few minutes after five, I asked hostess when they open for dinner, she said 5 (she was busy doing her preparation for the dinner and even asked us to move to put the carpet on the floor). Hmmm…. Restaurant looked totally unprepared. And it was after 5… So, we staying there for about 5 more minutes, then comes the girl who looks like she’s in charge, and asking everyone to go outside. It was chilly outside; one of my friends was in a light cocktail dress, so we decided to stay inside the restaurant. 5 more minutes passed…. nobody even talked to us. So, we go outside, there’s already a line of people, girl is checking everyone’s reservation, looks very busy with it. NOBODY from hostesses never talked or greeted us. Finally, I’m asking if we can have a table for 3. The answer is: “Sorry, we all booked for tonight”. I asked ”Is there any other options?” (she should offered that but didn’t even bother). “Well, you can have table at the bar….Sorry.”
I used to be a waitress, and I know how busy it can be on Valentine’s Day, but this is not an excuse to treat your guests like they are not worth to be in such highly-booked place. We went to Birraporetti’s that evening, had a great time, everything was perfect. I am definitely never coming back to that rudeness in Sambuca.
Sambuca has a great location, great decor, great service, and so-so food.
Sambuca is in a great location, right downtown. The decor is swanky, and I mean that as a compliment. The main restaurant area is very nicely furnished and I loved the dim lighting which made for a romantic atmosphere. We dined upstairs where the lighting was brighter but furnished nicely.
The service was great. The food not so great. The portions are small which is fine with me. And the prices are high, which it being downtown is ok too, but the food itself is so-so. I had the Margarita shrimp. The shrimp were grilled well but the tequila-lime sauce didn't work and the rice was dry. A friend had the lobster enchiladas which didn't inspire either.
Great night all the way around! – what a fantastic night! We were wined and dined in every way! Great food, great service, great band. Thought the nice romantic evening was perfect....then went to the bar and ended up partying like a rock star all night! Can't wait to go back!
This place makes me feel old – I have been to this bar a couple of times. It is a good place to start the night. Our waitress was ok. She was good looking and that is important to us...haha. The drinks were expensive but it was worth it. One could taste the alcohol. You will find older crowd here. The dance floor is small and not many people will be dancing. I think it was latin night went we went. They played a lot of salsa, bachata, etc. The bar does not get very crowded. Overall it is a good place to hang out. Pleople in this club dress casual but pretty.
Great Food, Horrible Service – I had the blackened snapper. It was really really good. What wasn't good was the service. Our waiter wreaked of cigarette smoke. I had to grab his attention numerous times to order wine to have him clear the table. At the beginning he came by the table to tell us he was taking care of us and left without asking what we wanted for drinks. He served one person dessert and didn't ask anybody else if we wanted dessert. He served my dessert wine and took 10 minutes to give me my dessert and my wine got hot. I will not be going back.
Great dessrt – Great music, ambiance, food & hours!! Perfect place to relax on weekends :) Again, again and again. Thank you.
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